California Staycation in San Luis Obispo (SLO)

California Staycations


I have called San Luis Obispo my home for the past 18 years. It is a beautiful place, once called “The happiest place in America” by Oprah Winfrey. (http://visitslo.com/cm/About_SLO/happiest-place-in-america.html). Located on the Central Coast of California, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

There are so many fun and adventurous things to do and see in San Luis Obispo (SLO)… The weather is great year-round and that makes for a great California Staycation.

You could start off your day by visiting the many coffee houses in the famous downtown area. There are some great breakfast places too. Many are locally owned and have a great small town feel to them.

While downtown, you can check out a few historical spots., The Mission de Tolosa San Luis Obispo and bubble gum alley. The Mission de Tolosa was founded in 1772 by Father Junipero Serra. There is a tour and a small gift shop open daily. The church still holds mass and hosts many weddings and church events. Bubble gum alley is just a few blocks away. It is a local tourist attraction believed to have been started after 1950. It is a 15 feet high and 70 feet long alley where people place their chewed gum.


Mission de Tolosa


Bubble Gum Alley

Next you can choose from the many hiking trails, many are family friendly and some are challenging. One of our family favorites is Madonna Mountain. Located near the famous Madonna Inn. You can see the entire city of San Luis Obispo and the surrounding areas.

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Madonna Mountain

After working up an appetite there are many delicious local delis to eat at all throughout San Luis Obispo. A few of our favorites are High Street Deli, Gus’s and Lincoln Deli.

San Luis Obispo is well-known as a college town with the campus of Cal Poly just a few minutes away from the city’s center. Cal Poly has a beautiful campus and many fun places to explore. Agriculture being one of Cal Poly’s largest majors, there are many animal units to check out. You can feed the horses carrots at the horse unit or get a tour of the dairy. There are also chickens, pigs and many crops to check out. Near the Cal Poly bookstore there a fun bowling alley that is open to the public during non-school hours.


Business School at Cal Poly SLO

Continue about five miles on down Highway 1 and you will find the Botanical Gardens of San Luis Obispo. A neat place to walk through, explore and learn about plants in the Mediterranean regions. There is no admission fee to the garden, but donations are welcome. Near the Botanical Gardens is a huge park and playground area for some play time or a picnic.


San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

After all of the walking, hiking and sight seeing it is time to get dressed up and head to the famous Madonna Inn Steakhouse for a wonderful and memorable dinner. The steaks are delicious and the dance floor is often filled with couples dancing to the live band.


Madonna Inn Steakhouse Dining Room

I hope you have enjoyed this SLO staycation. We feel truly blessed to live in such a beautiful place and hope that you will come and visit someday soon!

[1] All photos courtesy of WikiMediaCommons
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Sunshine Kids Blog Hop 2014

Summer is a great time to explore with your kids – and you don’t have to travel far to do it!  California has so much to offer to families.  Take a great staycation this summer by visiting your local treasures!  In our second annual Sunshine Kids Blog Hop, we are focusing on our favorite places to visit with kids in California.  Enjoy!  And be sure to add your own family-friendly California posts in our linky at the bottom.  You can also check out even more California posts on our collaborative Kid Friendly California Pinterest board!

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4 comments on “California Staycation in San Luis Obispo (SLO)

  1. I have never been to San Luis Obispo. Great post!

  2. I have always wanted to spend more time in SLO. I’ve only driven by but remember it was beautiful! Sounds like there are lots of fun family activities. Bubble gum alley is a hoot! Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

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